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The Czech PAPCEL continues to purchase its competitors

Following the recent acquisition of GapCon tissue at the end of 2016, PAPCEL acquired another major player in the world market of papermaking industry - in April 2017, the company PAPCEL completed acquisition of the Italian company PMT Italia S.p.A.
The Czech company PAPCEL continues to make acquisitions of western competitors. A new member, the Italian manufacturer PMT Italia S.p.A. joined the PAPCEL Group of companies, consolidating its position among the world leading players supplying technology for the papermaking industry. Nowadays, PAPCEL Group comprises of leading and highly qualified patented technology suppliers with strong references worldwide. By merging with the Italian PMT, PAPCEL Group gains references in the USA and in China. This year PAPCEL expects to exceed the magical limit of revenues over 2 billion CZK for the entire Group of companies.

Management of the joint-stock company PAPCEL continues to purchase other western European papermaking manufacturers. The latest acquisition was made in April 2017, i.e. the acquisition of the Italian company PMT Italia S.p.A., based in Pinerolo. Thanks to the purchase of the Italian company Comecart, based in the town of Cuneo (former Burgo Group) ; the Czech PAPEL founded a manufacturing division PAPCEL Italy in 2015. Establishing the new manufacturing division significantly expanded the production potential, which is now being used by GapCon tissue S.r.l., a member of the Group. The Italian company PMT is completing a very strong group of companies and Italy is becoming a very strong technical-manufacturing “competence” centre for production of tissue papers, printing & writing papers and packaging paper grades. The purchase of manufacturing facilities from PMT premises expanded the manufacturing park and increased the production capacities.

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BIR announces 18-3-18 as the date of the first Global Recycling Day!

Ranjit Baxi, President of the Bureau of International Recycling world body, announces today that the first Global Recycling Day will take place on March 18th 2018. The day also marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of BIR.
“I am delighted to be announcing this very important date,” said Mr Baxi. “We want to use this day to promote action on recycling around the world. Our members, who rank amongst the most prestigious recycling companies in the industry, want to take ownership of this powerful initiative. We were the first global trade body to be created and therefore our 70th anniversary is a fitting date for such an important event. We want people to think ‘resource’, not ‘waste’. There are 7 billion people on this earth, and if we can just get 10% of these people to make one positive recycling change on Global Recycling Day, it will have a massive impact.”

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BIR confirms appointment of new Director General

The BIR Executive Committee under the presidency of Ranjit Baxi is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Arnaud Brunet as BIR Director General as from 1 June 2017.
Prior to joining BIR, Mr Brunet headed Sony Europe Brussels Office, managing their relationship with the European institutions (Commission, Parliament and Council) and with European trade associations. He was also Head of the External Affairs team at Sony France.
Mr Brunet graduated in 1986 in Tax and Business Law from the University de Paris II “Assas”. He joined ESSO France in 1986 as a junior lawyer and moved on to IBM France in 1990 to take on a position as lawyer. In 1997 he became Senior Attorney at IBM EMEA.

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The Navigator Company to increase uncoated fine paper prices by 3-5%

The Navigator Company, European leader in the production of UWF paper, is forced to increase the prices for its UWF (uncoated woodfree) paper products, by 3 to 5% in Europe, between 3% and 5%, as from July 1st (dispatch date).
This decision is a direct consequence of a continuous upward trend in production costs that have made the current European paper prices unsustainable. Furthermore, this decision is supported by a record order book, driven by very positive economic indicators and outlook, both in Europe and worldwide.

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PAMSA´s Jane Molony Named President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) announced Jane Molony as its new president. Molony, Executive Director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA), will serve in this capacity for the next two years. 

“Across the world, wood, paper and tissue products touch lives every day in ways that often go unnoticed. Without our industries’ products, many people would not be able to teach, read or learn ; businesses would not be able to ship merchandise, or protect goods ; nor would people be able to improve their lives through the basics of personal hygiene. Forest and paper products also have a great environmental and economic story to tell. It is a story that has been proudly told by the ICFPA for 15 years. I am particularly honoured to take charge of this group of leaders,” said Molony.

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The ALLIMAND Group wins the prestigious order of a special paper machine, intended to manufacture the paper support for the future Euro banknotes

The ALLIMAND Group, designer and manufacturer of paper & nonwovens machines, reknowned for its continuous innovation strategy, won the order for the new paper machine for the production of the security paper required for the printing of Euro banknotes. This machine, which is currently being installed at the EUROPAFI mill in Vic-le-Comte (Puy-de-Dôme), a European public fiduciary center, will go into production at the end of 2017.

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Not just paper: beverage cartons can also be used to make dispensers!

Can a recycled paper product be supplied inside a dispenser made with reclaimed materials ? Now it can : this is the successful case history presented by Lucart at Pulire, the largest professional cleaning industry trade show in Italy, a world-leading event in the sector held in Verona from 23rd to 25th May.

Thanks to the Fiberpack® project, the innovative and sustainable project developed in collaboration with Tetra Pak®, Lucart can now recycle 100% of the components of a beverage carton, allocating 74% of cellulose fibres to the production of recycled paper products and the remaining 26%, consisting of 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminium, to the production of AL.PE.®, a recovered material intended for industries that produce building materials, urban furniture elements and objects of everyday use. Lucart used this material to create a full range of washroom area dispensers, combining the concept of sustainability with the three key elements that are most in-demand on the market : manageability, design and reliability.

2017-05-24  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to supply TAD tissue machine to First Quality Tissue, USA

ANDRITZ has received an order from First Quality Tissue to supply a PrimeLineTAD tissue machine with complete stock preparation for its mill in Lock Haven, USA. Start-up is scheduled for 2019.

The TAD (Through-Air-Drying) tissue machine has a capacity of approximately 70,000 tons per year. The improved softness, absorbency, and bulk generated by the TAD technology give these products superiority over products made using conventional processes. ANDRITZ has supplied two TAD machines previously to First Quality Tissue’s Lock Haven mill.

First Quality Tissue, which markets its products under the brand name “PlentyTM”, is one of the leading private label producers worldwide of TAD premium quality tissue and towel products. It currently operates five tissue machines in the USA (two at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and three at Anderson, South Carolina).

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BillerudKorsnäs fluting production in Gruvön up and running

As communicated earlier BillerudKorsnäs experienced a major breakdown in the digester in the semi-chemical pulp production line in Gruvön. The problem has now been resolved. The pulp line and the fluting machine PM6 is back in production.

The impact on EBITDA for the breakdown is estimated to approximately SEK 25 million after compensation from insurance.

“The impact of the breakdown could be limited thanks to a very efficient work in the mill, and we could start up production relatively quickly. Now we have to limit the indirect damage in the form of missing deliveries and customer relations,” says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

2017-05-23  READ MORE...
Metsä Board achieves EcoVadis Gold rating for its sustainability practices

Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, has achieved the Gold level rating by EcoVadis for its approach to sustainability. Overall Metsä Board was ranked in the top 1% of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis across all categories.

2017-05-23  READ MORE...
Södra arranges forestry youth camp

During the summer, Södra is to organise nine different forestry youth camps. These are for intermediate-level school children who will learn more about what the forest has to offer for both people and society.

During the two to three days of the youth camp, children will learn about both nature conservation and which products you can make from the forest, as well as how to drive a forest machine and learn various survival tips. Classic camp activities are also included in the programme, such as swimming and barbecuing.

"The forest is so important for Swedish society. Despite this, there are still many people who know very little about it. We hope this initiative will not only increase knowledge about the forest but also build a stronger relationship with Sweden’s forest," said Martina Gustafsson, HR Manager at Södra Skog.

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Valmet to supply an off-machine coater rebuild for Hansol Paper in South Korea

Valmet will supply an off-machine coater rebuild for Hansol Paper Co., Ltd., at its Shintanjin site in South Korea.

2017-05-22  READ MORE...
Toscotec supplied AHEAD tissue machine started-up at Paper Prime S.A. in Vila Velha de Rodão, Portugal.

Paper Prime, a company belonging to the Trevipapel Group, and Toscotec announce the successful start-up of the new TM1.

2017-05-22  READ MORE...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces 6% price increase on all Genuine Vegetable Parchment products

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions, announces price increases on all Genuine Vegetable Parchment products produced by the Specialties business area allowing the Foodpack business unit to absorb the increasing cost of sales for this product group.
The price increase will be 6% and will be implemented as of July 1st, 2017.
Genuine Vegetable Parchment products are mainly used for Cooking and Baking, Food wrapping, Furniture laminates and Textile Tubes.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö ’s Specialties business area products are used in a variety of applications including Food Packaging, Beverage, Labeling, Medical drape & Gowns, Masking Tape and Laboratory Filtration products. The Specialty business area has 14 production sites in 7 countries.

2017-05-19  READ MORE...
Iberpapel to invest €180 million in the manufacture of flexible packaging paper

The Board of Directors of Iberpapel Gestión, S. A., at a meeting held on 25 April 2017, has agreed to move ahead with the initiative dubbed Project Hernani under which its subsidiary, Papelera Guipuzcoana de Zicuñaga, S.A.U., will invest around €180 million.
The so-called Project Hernani essentially consists of the installation of a new machine with a Yankee drying cylinder for the manufacture of MG paper for several kinds of flexible packaging. The machine will add an estimated 85,000 tonnes to the Group’s annual production capacity. In parallel, the existing pulp plant will be refurbished and updated, incorporating the latest technology and environmental standards - the sector’s best available techniques (BATs) - which will increase the facility’s nominal production capacity by between 15% and 20%.

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Georgia-Pacific Investing $400 million To Grow Consumer Products Business

Georgia-Pacific today announced significant investments, which total more than $400 million, for its GP Consumer (retail) tissue and towel business. The investments support further growth for key customers’ private label brand products.

The company has approved funding for a paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology, associated converting equipment and infrastructure work. A final decision on the location of the new operations, which will be in the eastern United States, is expected to be announced soon with startup projected for 2019. Approximately 80 jobs would be created to support operations.

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New 74% paper recycling target set for 2020

The European paper recycling value chain has already made significant strides on the paper recycling rate in the EU having reached a near theoretical maximum of 71.5% in 2015. The industry is now seeking to make another move forward with an enhanced rate of 74% by 2020 building on the progress achieved since 2000 by preceding European Declarations on Paper Recycling.

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ICFPA announces the winners of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has announced the winners of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award, a global award that aims to stimulate interest by young researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products as well as process improvements or other innovation throughout the value chain.

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Packaging prevents food waste: Corrugated is part of the solution

FEFCO welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on “Resource efficiency : reducing food waste, improving food safety”, adopted on 16 May 2017.
The initiative, led by rapporteur MEP Biljana Borzan (S&D, Hungary), calls for a 50% reduction of food waste by 2030 and improving the information to consumers. It is estimated that every year around 88 million tonnes of food is wasted in the EU, along with the associated environmental impact and resources used.
Packaging prevents food waste. The resolution emphasises the positive contribution of packaging materials and solutions to reduce food waste along the supply chain. `For years, the corrugated packaging industry has been developing packaging and logistics solutions to preserve the quality and hygiene of food. We are constantly refining our packaging to make it fit for purpose and satisfy the needs of the products and consumers” says Angelika Christ, FEFCO Secretary General. The resolution recognises that recyclable packaging obtained from renewable resources can also contribute to resource efficiency and the Circular Economy ambition.

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Pöyry awarded detail engineering services assignment for the modification of Paper Machine 1 at Roermond, Netherlands

Smurfit Kappa (Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier) has awarded Pöyry with the detail engineering services assignment for the modification of Smurfit Kappa’s paper machine 1 at Roermond, Netherlands. The assignment includes process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical, automation and instrumentation engineering.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the world’s leading producers of packaging papers. The company employs approximately 45,000 people at 370 locations in 34 countries. In Roermond, Smurfit Kappa produces around 600,000 tons of paper per year on three paper machines. The paper machine 1 has been in operation for 40 years. Since the last modification, it produces Testliner & Fluting up to 1,000 metres per minute.

The target of the rebuilding of the approach flow system and the wire section is to increase the operating speed as well as the production quality. "Thanks to the revamp of our paper machine 1, we will be able to produce more efficiently and reach the highest possible standards in quality. This investment enables us to continue to be ahead of the market and satisfy our customers’ needs," says Sjon Vrieze, Project Manager at Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier.

"With Pöyry’s competencies in the pulp and paper industry as well as the outstanding knowledge in rebuilding and modernisation of paper mills, we are the right partner for this modernisation, now and in the future," says Christian Beyer, Head of Industry Business Group for Central Europe.

The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in H1/2017.

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ANDRITZ continues successful tissue machine start-ups for the Hengan Group

ANDRITZ has successfully started up another tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group, China, thus once again demonstrating ANDRITZ’s strong market position on the Chinese tissue market and confirming its excellent relationship with the Hengan Group.

The PrimeLineTM W8 tissue machine started up at Hengan’s Chongqing mill is the 13th ANDRITZ tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group. It has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. The machine is equipped with an 18-foot steel Yankee for energy-efficient drying and safe operation. The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant with ShortFlow concept, which minimizes both the investment costs and energy consumption as well as ensures high flexibility for grade changes. The entire automation system was also supplied by ANDRITZ.

The Hengan Group was established in 1985 and is – with around 30,000 employees – one of the leading Chinese manufacturers of hygiene and sanitary products.

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Global Forest and Paper Industry CEOs Discuss Future

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) eighth biennial International CEO Roundtable today took place in Berlin, Germany. More than 20 forest based industry CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to discuss industry innovation, sustainability aspects, current political aspects and future trends that may impact the industry at local and international levels. 

“The global forest and paper industry stands firm in achieving its sustainability commitments based on its common values. Today’s conference provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm these values in today’s interconnected and fast-paced world,” said Peter Oswald, Mondi Group CEO designate (from 11 May 2017), who chaired the roundtable.

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Toscotec supplied AHEAD tissue machine started-up at Paper Prime S.A. in Vila Velha de Rodão, Portugal.

Paper Prime, a company belonging to the Trevipapel Group, and Toscotec announce the successful start-up of the new TM1. The installation and commissioning were performed according to the scheduled time and the start-up went very smoothly.
Toscotec’s turn-key project for TM#1 includes a stock preparation plant for dry virgin pulp, AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine with Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-16FT, machine auxiliaries including Milltech Gas fired Hood, steam & condensate and dust removal system, electrification starting from medium voltage cabinets & control system, additional plants and complete engineering and erection activity. A three unwind stand rewinder TT WIND-H completes the supply.

2017-05-18  READ MORE...
Valmet hires a record number of summer trainees: nearly 500 young people to work and train for the summer in Finland

This summer, more than 400 students will work at Valmet as summer trainees, and around 100 young people from elementary and high schools will work at the company through a Finnish "Tutustu työelämään ja tienaa" summer job introduction program.

Valmet will employ summer trainees in 16 locations, with largest number of trainees in Tampere and Jyväskylä. Most of the summer employees will work in engineering functions, customer service, sales, marketing, product development and financial administration. Around 200 summer workers will be employed in production.

"Close interaction with students is important for Valmet, and summer jobs serve this purpose perfectly. Each year, summer employees are an important part of our workplace community, and we appreciate their feedback on Valmet as a workplace. We will also provide them with feedback on their work, to help them develop into the professionals of the future," says Julia Macharey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Valmet.

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